ReflectionsJoel Fletcher photography

Glittery Decadence

A mannequin covered with bling in store window

I was intrigued by this extravagant store window display in Venice, Italy, and had to get a shot. Venetian carnival masks with ornate designs are part of their history and culture, and are popular items with the tourists. Photographed in 2010.

London Taxi

Taxicab sculpture in an airport

While waiting for a flight, I enjoyed looking at this amazing fluorescent orange wire sculpture in the middle of London's Heathrow Airport. It was created by Benedict Radcliffe, who accurately replicated the contours of the famous cab, from an X-Ray perspective. Photographed in 2015 with my iPhone.

Tar Pit Mammoths

Baby and adult Mammoths

These life-size statues were located right next to an active tar pit, enacting a scene from thousands of years ago. They were created by artist Howard Ball out of fiberglass, and have been on display at the famous La Brea Tar Pits since 1968. This particular area had been fenced off, to prevent spectators from becoming a victim of the tar! Photographed in 2008.

Giant Woman Sculpture

Abstract giant sculpture of a sleeping woman

This outstanding abstract sculpture of a reclining woman resides at the entryway of a shopping mall in Greenbrae, CA, of all places. The statue is known as Tamalpais Maiden, named after the highest peak in the area, Mount Tamalpais. It was created by sculptor Dennis Patton in 1988, out of Cor-Ten steel, and is 17 feet long. I captured this reverse angle on film back in 1993, but the iconic giant is still there to this day! A front view can be seen in my Roadside Oddities gallery.

An Eyeful of London

Aerial view of London, England

A popular activity in London is to hop aboard the London Eye - a gigantic, very slow spinning Ferris Wheel with enclosed observation pods. The ride provides impressive aerial views of the city, such as this shot overlooking the banks of the Thames River. Photographed in 2015.

Colossal Muskie

Gigantic fish sculptures

This surreal landscape with gigantic fish can be seen at the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin. There are many oversized fish statues on the grounds, but the main attraction is the enormous Muskie, which has an observation deck in its mouth! Muskie is short for Muskellunge, the largest member of the pike family, and native to North American lakes. This photo is from the year 2000, shot on Kodak gold film.

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